Get ready to fight cancer in Sheffield

Jo Burton, 30, and her younger sister Amy Burton, 27. Cancer Research UK Race For Life '''Photograph by Richard Walker / www.imagenorth.net
Jo Burton, 30, and her younger sister Amy Burton, 27. Cancer Research UK Race For Life '''Photograph by Richard Walker / www.imagenorth.net
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Two funky dancing sisters are applying their war paint in preparation for the Race for Life in Sheffield.

Jo and Amy Burton, who run the Funky Dance Fever dance school at Springs Leisure Centre, are calling on women from all over South Yorkshire to join the fight against cancer with Cancer Research UK.

Jo, aged 30, and Amy, aged 27, want thousands of mums, daughters, grans, friends and colleagues to unite and form a ‘pink army’ at Race for Life 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events across the region this summer.

The dance duo, who also work as a primary school teacher and physiotherapist respectively, have taken part in Race for Life for the last eight years and support the events with a troupe of their dancers.

The girls support Race for Life in memory of their granddad Geoff Wilson, who died in 1998 from bowel cancer.

Jo said: “Our granddad was such an intelligent, kind hearted, selfless man, a true inspiration and we miss him every day. We do what we can to support Cancer Research UK to fund more research. We’re dancers against cancer!

“We’re determined to do everything we can to recruit an army of women to join us at this year’s Race for Life events. As always we’ll be performing to the crowds first and then running and dancing our way around the course.

Race For Life events are taking place as follows: Pretty Muddy event, Rover Valley Country Park, July 19; 5K events, Meadowhall, May 17, Rotherham, July 5, Rother Valley Country Park, July 19; 10K event, Rother Valley Country Park, July 19.